The hall is named after Rear Admiral Edward H. “Iceberg” Smith. This facility was built for the study of physical and ocean sciences. Smith, a descendant of Martha’s Vineyard whalers, was respected for his knowledge of oceanography and the Arctic. It was said that his quest for knowledge of ice behavior was unending and his career reflected that passion. After graduating the Academy, Smith worked with Professor Henry Bigelow at Harvard University analyzing ice patrol data and running experiments on ice he had collected during his Arctic expeditions. He commanded the Marion and the General Greene expeditions in 1928 which first surveyed iceberg-producing glaciers of West Greenland. In 1931, he served as the navigator on the transpolar flight of the Graf Zeppelin. His leadership during World War II earned him the Distinguished Service Medal. The Coast Guard later sent Smith to the Institute of Geophysics at Bergen, Norway. Through his studies and publications, he was later awarded a Doctorate in Physical Oceanography by Harvard University. After he retired in 1950, he became the Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Smith Hall has expanded over the years and now contains chemistry and physics laboratories and classrooms. This building is restricted to authorized personnel only.